The Mean Season Reviews
And it really is a slow burn almost to the point of being boring sometimes. Russell is great, as out many of the smaller parts.
The ending was straight out of any horror film sadly.
It's okay but with some editing and one less ending, it could've been far better.
It was made at a time before this type of filmmaking was chic but it still doesn't have a very interesting story to tell. There's nothing fresh about this, the killer isn't particularly innovative or special and the finale is typical of its type. The usually reliable Kurt Russell is just fine in the lead role, but pretty much everyone else in the cast is wasted in supporting roles that are curiously underwritten.
Mariel Hemingway is supposed to flesh out the film by contributing to the backstory of her relationship with Russell, but in the end in predictable fashion, she's reduced to being just another screaming victim. Worse yet is Richard Jordan as the routine killer, mostly because you don't even see his face until the final two-thirds of the film. In reality, anyone could have played the part. The film also throws in several cheesy plot devices that range from terribly stale to ridiculously outdated, like the hilarious spinning newspapers to the "is it the killer or someone they know" scare tactics.
Much like the rest of "The Mean Season", they all seem shockingly outdated, even for a film that's nearly thirty years old. You won't see anything in this that you haven't seen done better a dozen times before in other better movies.
Kurt Russell plays Malcom Anderson a burnt out Miami reporter who becomes the mouthpiece for a ruthless serial killer who intends to carry out 5 murders.
What Follows is a race against time to catch the killer and save his realtionship with his girlfriend before both parts come head to head.
The film is good cast wise with an Early turn for Andy Garcia as acop on the case and Richard Jordan as well i wont say anymore.
The big problem is the film is trying so hard to be thrilling the last third becomes so stupid it kills all the tension that happens before.
The old is he dead?or not dead? routine comes off half cocked and despite the casts best efforts i was left feeling a bit cheated.
Good stuff then but i have seen better.